Be Advised: More Employers are Searching Social Networking Sites!
just use Google to check out job candidates, they're relying more
on social networking. In fact, a study conducted by CareerBuilder
found that 45 percent of employers use social networking sites to
research potential job candidates.
companies are most likely to screen candidates this way. Some 63 percent
of tech companies surveyed are scouring sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn
and MySpace to get an up-close, behind-the-scenes look at candidates
they just can't get from interviewing or reading resumes.
So if you're in
the job market - or may be in the future - be aware of what you put
out on the Internet. If it's out there - good or bad - it's just a
mouse click away from a hiring manager.
And the results
can be catastrophic. CareerBuilder's survey revealed that 35 percent
of employers found content that caused them not to hire a candidate.
With that in mind, here are some tips:
name to see what content is out there on the internet.
Check out the
other major social networks to make sure you have made the impression
you want to make.
web pages where you have posted your resume or other work-related
items and make sure they are up-to-date and reflect on you positively.
content that reflects negatively on you.
or inappropriate photographs or information top the list of red
flags to employers. When in doubt, take it out.
content about yourself and try to get it to be as high as possible
in the search results.
Write and submit
well researched, articulate letters-to-the-editor to the top trade
publications in your industry. Focus on current, relevant issues.
name as a domain name and create an active website that makes the
best impression possible.
that you write that show your expertise on free publisher websites.
on other blogs that show your level of intelligence, expertise and
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